Getting Ready

When responding to the indicator questions, start with the information you have at hand. If you are sure you will not be able to respond to all parts of the indicators, please consult with the relevant government departments. One or more departments or ministries may have some or all of the information needed. If you still do not have the information, this means the existing systems need to be strengthened and improved to incorporate early childhood rights data and information, in order to be in compliance with the international child rights legal framework. Any attempts made by a State Party to realise the rights of young children will manifest as follows:

  1. Commitments made - relating to Structure
  2. Actions taken - relating to Process
  3. Measurable changes in the "rights environments" or in ECD measures - relating to Outcome

Often, indicator questions will ask about an increase or decrease in numbers, programmes, etc. When replying to these questions, please use "since your last CRC Report" (usually in the last 5 years) as your reference point.

Response Options

When completing the questions, you will be presented with the following options:

  • No
  • Partially
    • Partially No
    • Partially Yes
  • Yes
  • Unknown
  • Not Applicable (N/A)

Response Options - Defined

  • No: A "no" response should be selected when no part of the question has been fulfilled in your country and the policy/programme does not exist all together. Please refer to the Suggestion box that is provided which contains guidelines/examples from successfully implemented programs from around the world to model from.
  • Partial No: A "partial no" response is selected when the policy/program in question does not exist, but some activities, dialogues, preliminary drafts or meetings are happening that may lead to development of this policy/programme.
  • Partial Yes: A "partial yes" response should be selected when some aspects of the question have been fulfilled. For example, if your country has a policy/programme with nation-wide coverage but it is not free of charge, the "partial yes" response should be selected and the respondent should explain clearly which aspects are fulfilled and which ones are not.
  • Yes: Your response should be "yes" when all aspects of the question have been fulfilled. For example, if the question asks about a free of charge universal birth registration policy, your answer should be "yes" if your country has a policy that articulates universal and free-of-charge birth registration. You are required to upload supporting documentation for each question with a "Yes " response. The tool allows for up to 10 uploads (e.g. policy documents, briefs, government initiatives, etc.) per question
  • Unknown: This option is chosen when the information required to answer the question cannot be retrieved or is not available in your country.
  • N/A: Your response should be "N/A" when a question does not apply to your country context. For example, a question about the prevalence of malaria, or HIV orphans, may not be relevant to every country. When choosing this response, please make sure to use the text box provided and explain why this question is not applicable to your country. If the question is not applicable because you have met the international benchmark for that issue (e.g., birth registration) please state this along with any other relevant information.

    Additionally, your response should be "N/A" when a question does not apply because the question follows from a previous question to which the response is "No". For example, when the answer to #1 is "No"" and the next question #2 is a follow-up to #1, then "N/A" should be chosen when answering #2.